The exhumation of victims of Russian soldiers from a mass grave in the city of Buča in a picture taken on April 10, 2022.
Moscow – According to the country's president, Vladimir Putin, Russia has no other option than to take considering NATO's nuclear potential as this US-led military alliance seeks to defeat Russia. Putin said this in an interview with state television station Rossiya-1 after the one-year anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. He also stated that the West wants to destroy and divide Russia. Last year, on February 24, Russia attacked Ukraine without provocation, in which, according to UN data, at least 8,000 civilians, including hundreds of children, have died in connection with this attack.
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According to Putin, NATO arms deliveries to Ukraine can be considered participation in the conflict, since the alliance does not receive money for these weapons. According to him, the West thus becomes complicit in Kiev's alleged crimes.
“Under the current conditions, when all the leading NATO countries have declared that their main goals are to inflict a strategic defeat on us, so that our people suffer, as they say, how can we to ignore their nuclear potential under these conditions?” he said.
Putin also accused the West that his only goal is to eliminate the former Soviet Union and the Russian Federation. According to him, the West wants to divide Russia into small parts so that it can bring it under its control. Russia describes the war as a special operation aimed at demilitarizing and “denazifying” Ukraine. However, according to Ukraine and the West, Russian soldiers are committing war crimes. For example, in the town of Buča near Kyiv, after the departure of the Russian soldiers, about 500 bodies of murdered civilians, including small children, were discovered on the streets and in mass graves. According to the local mayor, some were shot with their hands tied behind their backs.
On Saturday, the European Union officially approved another, the tenth package of sanctions against Russia due to its invasion of Ukraine.